Skip to main content

The American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982

The American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982 collection includes 2,024 reel-to-reel tapes and 2,024 WAV files preserved as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives’ 2013-2016 “American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982” (“American Women”) preservation project. The recordings were selected as an “artificial collection” to document the Women’s movement and second-wave feminism as it was broadcast on the Pacifica network. The collection also includes recordings that, though they weren’t about feminism or women’s rights, are significant because they were produced by women or featured women important to American history and culture at that time. Nearly all of the recordings were broadcast between 1963 and 1982 on a Pacifica network station: KPFA - 94.1 FM Berkeley, CA; KPFK - 90.7 FM Los Angeles, CA; WBAI - 99.5 FM New York, NY, KPFT - 90.1 FM Houston, TX; and WPFW - 89.3 FM Washington, D.C. or via satellite. One thousand six hundred and ninety six reel-to-reel tapes were digitized with funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), and all 2,024 tapes are being stored at the University of Maryland’s Public Broadcasting Archive. The 2,024 WAV audio files are being stored at the Pacifica Radio Archives in North Hollywood, CA, the University of California, Berkeley Library, and the Internet Archive in San Francisco, CA.

RESTRICTED. Please contact the Pacifica Radio Archives if you wish to use any portion of these recordings in any published work or performance. Permissions, licensing requests, and all other inquiries should be directed in writing to: Pacifica Radio Archives c/o Archives Director, 3729 Cahuenga Blvd. West, North Hollywood, CA 91604, 800-735-0230 x 263, fax 818-506-1084, info AT, The Pacifica Radio Archives will honor all takedown requests in compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and other applicable intellectual copyright laws. Claimants are advised to leave detailed contact information including name, telephone number, e-mail address, and/or physical address where they may be reached, as well as all information pertaining to the specific nature of the complaint. The preservation of these tapes was funded by a grant from the National Historic Publications and Records Commission. Preservation services provided by George Blood Audio and Video.

This project was funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), a division of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).


Pacifica Radio Archives
News & Public Affairs
Media Type
(No Date)
Topics & Subjects
American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982
Shange, Ntozake.
African American women authors
African American women poets
African American lesbians
African American women dramatists
More right-solid
Date Archived
Author Ntozake Shange reads from her novel, Sassafrass, Cypress and Indigo (St. Martin's Press, 1982) at Cody's bookstore in Berkeley, CA in September 1982. Shange describes the book before reading excerpts from it and is then interviewed by KPFA's Ginny Z. Berson. Reading at Cody's recorded by Pam Scola. This recording is identical to AZ0675.
Topics: American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982, Shange, Ntozake., African American women...
Ntozake Shange, the black feminist poet, author of "For colored girls who have considered suicide, when the rainbow is enuf," is interviewed by Clare Spark on The Sour Apple Tree. Shange discusses reactions to her work and emphasizes how the poems are misperceived by many critics. Ends with a one-minute cut from the album of the 1977 Broadway production of "For colored girls who have considered suicide, when the rainbow is enuf." The piece is performed by Trazana Beverley....
Topics: Shange, Ntozake., Poets, Black., Poetry, Modern., Women authors, Feminism, African American women...
Joan Thornell interviews Ntozake Shange (1948 - ), poet and playwright, and Thulani Davis (1949 - ), playwright, librettist, and teacher of English at the Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. for her "Another Perspective" series on the types and development of Black music. Topics discussed include Stevie Wonder, Motown, jazz, the blues, and the differences between poetry and music scenes in certain cities. Many of their insights on music have direct applications to other aspects...
Topics: American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982, African Americans--Music, Shange, Ntozake.,...
The Lesbian Show, produced by Donna Allegra, features readings from the 2nd Annual Third World Lesbian Writers Conference in April 1980, sponsored by the Azalea collective and Salsa Soul. Audre Lorde opened the night reading "Need." The following readers are Imani, Joan Gibbs, Anita Cornwell, Isis, Arisa Reed, Candice Boyce, Chirlane McCray, and Jabu reading Ntozake Shange. This program does not include all of the women who read at the conference.
Topics: Lorde, Audre, Lesbian authors, Black women -- Social conditions., African American women authors,...
The program is divided into 3 sections. It begins with a chronology of the events around the murders and disappearances of Atlanta's youth since 1979. The psychological effects of the murders on the children in Atlanta's communities is discussed. And the final section explores some of the theories around who is responsible for the murders. Actuality is provided by two of the mothers of the slain children: Venus Taylor and Camille Bell; political activists Dick Gregory and Angela Davis, and...
Topics: Atlanta (Ga.) -- Social conditions., Murder -- Atlanta (Ga.)., Crime and criminals -- Atlanta...